Shock as 20 people forcefully quarantined in Webuye


Twenty people have been placed under forced quarantine in Webuye, Bungoma county after some of them displayed Corona like symptoms while others defied curfew orders.

The County health minister Dr. Antony Walela says the body samples of those in quarantine have been taken for testing at Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) in Kisumu.

Walela says that the suspects are being quarantined at Kenya Medical Training College Webuye Campus and Webuye health centre.

“It is true, we have about 20 people in our facilities, some showed Coronavirus signs while others were arrested by police officers for defying curfew orders,” he said.

He added, ‘Those whose results will turn positive after body samples being taken to Kemri labs in Kisumu are taken to an isolation ward at Webuye Sub County Hospital,”

The isolation centre with 16 bed capacity was created by the county government of Bungoma.The county has already recorded two positive Corona cases which was announced on Sunday May 3.

The Cases are from truck drivers who were travelling to Uganda from Mombasa via the Northern Corridor highway.

Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati said the two were arrested at Webuye Panpaper and Bitobo screening points on Webuye-Malaba border points.

He added that since launching the compulsory screening and mass testing of truck and matatu drivers three weeks ago, they have managed to test 240, 000 people out of which 112 met the positive case defination.

“We are now county number 16 out of 47 to report COVID-19 cases, let’s avoid being reckless to reduce such cases to reduce such cases, let us stop relaxing and continue protecting ourselves,” Wangamati warned.

Another quarantine centre as been set up at Bungoma boys high school.


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